He’s 12 weeks old and figured out how to play me. He cries, kicks & fusses during naptime. As soon as he sees me, it’s all smiles in his crib.
They say it’s supposed to get easier at 12 weeks. I for one think that’s crap. At least, I haven’t seen any “easy like Sunday mornin'” wash over this house. Every single day is a battle.
Not only was he sleeping at nighttime peacefully and for decent stretches in the Deluxe auto-rock all-is-right-in-the-world rock & play, but mama was sleeping for decent stretches at nighttime. And then he started to outgrow the rock & play. Shoot. Me. Now.
He wakes up every hour in his pack & play or crib. During the day, it’s 45 on the mark when he switches over sleep cycles. Wide. Awake.
We’ve tried everything from back to stomach to side sleeping; the Baby Shusher, crib soothers & noise machines; Summer Infant’s ComfortMe sleep sack, Halo sleepsacks (ugh don’t even get me started on how horrible those were), Zipadee Zip; Nothing comforts, surrounds our child in a halo or zipadee do dah’s our 12 week old off to a peaceful slumber. The biggest problem seems to arise when he’s starting to drift off and paci falls out of his mouth. You would think the world ended. I’m getting all the exercise I need just going back and forth to put his paci back in.
Someone needs to make a better transition between cozy rock & play and wide open flat crib. After a little Pinterest searching, I saw where someone rolled up a beach towel into a tube and fit it under the sheet in a “U” shape to surround baby in the crib better. That may be our next venture.
Before actually going through this, I was all against crying it out. But when you’ve tried everything else and he still won’t get himself to sleep, a mama’s got to do what a mama’s got to do.
Babywise mama’s, sorry but that doesn’t work here. Babywearing mama’s, sorry I love wearing him but my 12 week postpardum core cannot take that all day. Cry it out, don’t let him cry; put him on a schedule, feed him on demand; What’s a mama to do?!
I’m not writing this because I found a solution, because I haven’t. He’s literally crying in the room next to me. If I pick him up to console him, he stops immediately, smiles and starts talking to me… while yawning because he’s tired. Currently, we’re trying Merlin’s Magic Sleep Suit. Merlin, please sprinkle a little magic sleeping dust on this house.
Any tips, mamas?